Can I make my computer boot from SD Card if the BIOS doesn't support it by installing a third party bios or is this not possible?
I have Windows XP on my SD card for my laptop. It's pretty cool because I can just switch the slider to turn off the SD card so it's convenient. The alternative USB is bulky and can get lost so I am wondering if there's a workaround?
- 1 month ago
There is a way. There is a small Linux Distro called PLOP Linux. It's original purpose was to allow older computers that don't have the ability to boot from a USB stick, to load up and boot from a USB stick. So how worked back then, is you would burn it to a CD ROM, boot it, Insert the Live USB, select it, and then it would run. It's basically a live bootloader that runs other bootloaders. So you could use PLOP to boot an SD card no problem. But you would have to boot it up from a USB Drive or even an CR/DVD drive first, in order to mount the SD card. But yes. It's possible.
- Anonymous1 month ago
You can't boot an operating system by using an SD card. I never saw any BIOS giving an option to boot from an SD card, so I don't think it's possible to boot an operating system from an SD card.
I have various USBs, and I never lost one yet. I bought something to put my USBs in, and I am able to organize my USBs too.
- Spock (rhp)Lv 71 month ago
there likely is no third party BIOS made, just newer versions from the maker of your computer -- see their support pages under your model number
- MatthewLv 71 month ago
Biotech can write a boot manager to your ad card that will make it appear as a floppy drive alternatively you can install the boot manager on a floppy disk and boot to the floppy disk and when the boot manager loads up from the floppy disk you can point it at the SD card
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- ∅Lv 71 month ago
3rd party BIOS? i don't think you understand what the BIOS is/does.
the BIOS is specific to that model, and was written by the manufacturer. only they know how to do that.
if you want a computer that boots to SD Card, you need to buy that, though there are not many.
instead, why not get a Sandisk Fit USB drive. they are smaller than a pinky nail when plugged in.
- PLv 71 month ago
The Bios needs to support it. The problem is a 3rd party bios don't exist for most laptops that would add such a functionality. I'm not sure what you are doing with Windows XP, but perhaps you should try setting up a virtual machine or a dual boot.
- DavidLv 71 month ago
Unless there is an option to boot from an SD card in the BIOS there is nothing you can do. We have no idea if there is a 3rd party BIOS as you haven't specified the make, model or BIOS of the computer. It would be unlikely though